Modeler for SharePoint by IntranetFactory

 
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4.0

Very useful tool - fantastic free service

This is a fantastic tool, especially since it's specifically geared toward SharePoint.

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Pros
Free
Quick to learn
Easy to use
Did I mention free?
Cons
Be sure to notice whether the web parts are Microsoft or IntranetFactory solutions.
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5.0

Fantastic Tool

First Impression: I found this webpage to be very useful upon first time using it. There is not a lot of detail involved, however, there is enough to let the user see what the concept will be...and that is just enough.

Navigation: The webpage was easy to follow. Everything was broken down in categories so it was easy to manoeuvre your way through the site. In addition, I did not have to utilize the help menu on the right hand side of the site. The user interface is very simple, and the user friendly GUI is very intuitive and easy to use.


Improvements: The only improvement I would like to see is; how will my intranet site look once it is finished and ready to implement within SharePoint 2010.

Additional Comments: I was stunned that the site would actually let you model your entire intranet site and save it when you came back to work on it. I have been working on this for approx a month now, and I am impressed with the website’s ability to make the tools available and easy to use, and FREEE.

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5.0

Excellent Product, Highly Recommend

Your tool worked very well for me. I thought at first that the Modeler was a Flash object but I was surprised to see this is not the case. Very well-designed browser-based tool.

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Pros
Link to the model that you can send to coworkers to see the prototype in a demo setting, A detailed report of the site's contents is emailed to you in Word format,Site model is stored on the website so just login and pick back up where you left off last time...
Cons
At times I wanted to add multiple empty pages quickly but this was not really an issue
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5.0

Great product for rapid SharePoint design and impl

The IntranetFactory Modeler is an excellent tool for SharePoint prototypes. It is intuitive, easy to set up, and most importantly, it works.

If fast prototyping and implementation is a high priority for your company, then you should take a look at the other (non free) products provided by IntranetFactory. I went this route and am very happy with the results achieved as well as the level of support I received from their technical staff.

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5.0

Recommendation

I’ve been evaluating your product (I’m actually running a SharePoint course this week). I really love the Modeler, and am impressed with the way it communicates with Factory with web services.

I think Modeler is a great tool actually, and have already started recommending it, and not just for SharePoint use.

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5.0

Great tool for wireframing

I've looked at several wireframing tools and this one was simple, free and it worked well. I used it to design several pages which were emailed out to others for review.

I'll continue to use this tool.

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Easy
Free
Able to email a workign prototype to others for their review.
I got an email asking if I needed any help.
Cons
None that I cna think of.
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5.0

Helpful Tool

I used this recently to model a site. It was very useful in getting feed back and was very quick to show changes. Hard to beat for the price

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Free tool
Easy to use
Quick to put a wireframe together to get feedback
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4.0

Excellent SharePoint IA tool

Overall, remarkably powerful for a free tool

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Pros
Very easy to get up and going
Ability to switch between text-filled boxes or plain
Cons
Ability to add quick-links owuld be very useful for user testing
Better showcase examples woudl help. Current models published ont he community are not very fleshed out
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4.0

Wireframes a breeze in Modeler for SP

IntraNet Factory's Modeler for SharePoint was a breeze to both understand and use. No big learning curve here, after watching a couple of videos and poking around, I was up and running in under 20 minutes. Fortunately my SP needs ran fairly closely to the standard functionality of SP, and so the Modeler for the most part was able to wireframe what I wanted. If your needs run towards a more customized SP, Modeler may not offer what you need.

One drawback was the inability to add a page without it showing as a tab on the top. The work around was to hide it under an another page. I would have also liked to be able to have a workable "Quicklinks" section as well, since this is more of a functionality part, instead of typical content that should have placeholder text.

Overall though, a great tool. My audience was appreciative of the wireframe mockups and didn't get caught up in content, which is exactly the point.

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Pros
Quick to understand and use.
Cons
Not much flexibility in showing each page as a tab on top.
Version Reviewed
2011/5
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4.0

IntranetFactory - SharePoint Modeler/Modeler Conne

IntranetFactory "tools" are a great way to repidly get started on planning and designing (and then creating) the hiearchy of a SharePoint solution. The data architecting, creation of:
- content types, custom columns, and custom web parts, metadata requirements (business and operational need) ......... still need to be planed for and met prior to using the SharePoint Modeler - but that is how it should be!

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Pros
The SharePoint Modeler allows me to:
- graphically map out the hierarchy and user interface of a SharePoint solution without having to "build" the individual sites and pages.
- identify out-of-the-box web parts and 3rd party/custom web parts to be used on each site/page.
- understand how information/files/data will "move"through the SharePoint solution

The Modeler Connector allows me to:
- rapidly build the sites and pages of the SharePoint solution without having to create each myself and gain feedback from the team
- change the solution (using modeler) without having to manually delete sites and rebuild them

Collectively the IntranetFactory "tools" generate:
- Site Map (overview of report)
- Complete Model Documentation (including wireframe diagrams of the sites, pages and web parts)
reports that I then use as the basis to further "detail" the solution and document its features, functionality and training requirements
- an Implementation Guide
Cons
Details on how to truly take advantage of the modeler and the IntranetFactory tools. There are basic how to videos, but there is nothing that documents how to "include" 3rd party/custom web parts in the model (I stumbled accross the how to through trial and error).
There is currently no way to introduce custom site/page templates into the modeler and those provided are basic and do not include header an footer zones.
Version Reviewed
Modeler Connector V2.2
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